Valentines date for JDT and Felda after FA Cup draw pits 2016 top two against each other

Defending champions Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) will commence their 2017 FA Cup defence with a trip to their Malaysia Super League (MSL) bridesmaid Felda United, while newly promoted Malacca and PKNS will square off at the Hang Jebat Stadium.

Last year’s MSL and Malaysia Premier League (MPL) runners-up Felda and PKNS have a chance to deliver a blow to their 2016 conquerors JDT and Malacca respectively when their FA Cup campaign kicks off on Valentine’s Day.

The Fighters battled JDT tooth and nail in the 2016 MSL title race, only to run out of steam in the final weeks and finish 15 points behind Mario Gomez’s men, who won the title-decider 3-2 at Felda’s Tun Abdul Razak stadium in August.

Felda, who had been a pain in the neck for JDT in 2015, knocking them out of the Malaysia Cup and winning on the final day of the season to give them some nervy moments before being declared winners, also lost to JDT in Larkin this year.

Malacca, who finished two points ahead of PKNS in the MPL, have only beaten the Red Ants once in six attempts since 2009. The Hang Tuah defeated the Selangor-based club in last year’s league tie at Hang Jebat Stadium.

The two ties are the only matches between MSL teams as the other eight remaining top-flight sides manages to avoid each other, drawing with teams from the MPL and FAM League instead.

All MSL and MPL teams enter Round 2 directly while three from FAM League – the third tier in Malaysian football – received byes into the second round as well. The second round takes place on February 14 while Round 1 comprising 10 FAM League teams takes place on February 5.

The other interesting Round 2 ties include JDT II vs Pahang, Kedah vs KL and Selangor vs Negri Sembilan.

ROUND 1 

Penjara vs Felcra

Sg. Ara vs MOF

PBMM vs SAMB

Sime Darby vs Shahzan Muda

Air Asia vs DYS

Bye: UKM, MPKB & KDMM

ROUND 2

MPKB vs Penang

PKNP vs Kelantan

Malacca vs PKNS

Perak vs PBMM/SAMB

Felda vs JDT

Sime Darby/Shahzan Muda vs Kuantan

JDT II vs Pahang

Kedah vs KL

Air Asia/DYS vs UiTM Perlis vs PDRM

Penjara/Felcra vs Terengganu

Selangor vs Negri Sembilan

Sarawak vs MIFA

Sabah vs UKM FC

T-Team vs ATM

KDMM vs Sg. Ara/MOF